Bicycling on the Park Roads
Bikes are allowed on most park roads, but the main thoroughfares can be very busy, making for a stressful ride when traffic is high.
For a car-free spin, head to the Cades Cove Loop Road on Wednesday and Saturday mornings until 10 a.m., early May to late September, when the route is closed to vehicles.
Mountain Biking in the Park
Mountain bikes are prohibited on all park trails except the Gatlinburg Trail, the Oconaluftee River Trail, and lower Deep Creek Trail, but several great mountain biking areas can be found in the national forests surrounding the park.
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